Taking the Math Placement Test

Math Placement


8:00 AM to Noon

August 3, 5, 7, & 8

Urban Life MILE

3rd Floor, Urban Life Building, Room 301

(Re-test fee remains $50, check or money order, if you have taken math placement previously.)


Attention: All new freshman and transfer students who need or desire to take a math course higher than Math 1101, please see the Placement Exams section on the Incept website for registration information.

Math and Chemistry Placement dates:

  • April: 18, 25
  • May: 2, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 15, 19, 21
  • June: 1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 22, 24, 26, 27, 30
  • July: 7, 9, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 25, 28, 29, 30

 Overnight June 15-16 only: June 15

Incoming Freshman and Transfer Students

A math placement test is required for all students who need or desire to enroll in a math course higher than Math 1101. All freshman and transfer students who need or desire to take a math course higher than Math 1101 must register for the Math Placement Test through their PAWS account prior to their Incept and should not attend walk-in math placement test dates.

Placement tests for 2015 incoming and transfer students will be held in the Urban Life MILE, Room 301 Urban Life Building, 140 Decatur St., (the northwest corner of Piedmont Ave and Decatur St) Atlanta, GA 30303 at the time and date for which the student is registered.

If you experience difficulty registering through your GoSolar account, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 404-413-4357.

Georgia State University requires all students seeking a baccalaureate degree to satisfactorily complete a basic core curriculum of general education subjects.  In Area A of the core curriculum, students are required to select a course in mathematics.  For some majors, the math requirement has restricted choices (i.e. the lowest level course, Math 1101, is not accepted by some majors).  A math placement test is required for all students who need or desire to enroll in a course higher than Math 1101.

If you only require Math 1101 for your major, the math placement test is not required.  It is important to note that Math 1101 is a stand-alone course and is not a prerequisite for Math 1111 or higher.  For majors that require Math 1111, 1113, or higher, the test is mandatory.  It is recommended that the Math Placement Test be taken before attending Incept.  There is no fee to take the test the first time.  To determine if a major requires the math placement test, review the Academic Advising website.

Registering for the Math Placement Exam
Freshmen Learning Community Students intending to choose a learning community with Math 1111 must take the placement test before attending Incept and earn the appropriate score required for Math 1111 or higher.

Description of Test
Georgia State University uses the COMPASS exam (designed by ACT) as a math placement exam to help accurately place students in college math courses. The test administered at Georgia State University may include algebra and trigonometry. The number of areas in which a student will be tested will depend upon the student’s level of ability. All students will take items in the area of algebra. The score on the algebra section will determine if a student takes items in the area of trigonometry. Go to the ACT Compass to view a few sample questions for each of the two math sections (algebra and trigonometry).

Test Fee
There is no test fee for taking the math placement test for the first time. However, students must pay $50.00 to re-take the math placement test on a walk-in basis. Payment should be in the form of a check or money order and made payable to Georgia State University.

Please visit the Retaking the Math Placement Test page for information about the Walk-In Math Placement Test.

Test Day

  • On the day of the test, candidates are to bring one (1) form of photo-bearing identification.
  • Test fee payment of $50.00 is required if student is retaking the exam (see Test Fee section above).
  • Scratch paper will be provided at the exam.
  • An online (Windows-based) calculator is provided within the software for this exam, however, students are allowed to use their own calculators. Only basic or scientific calculators are allowed; graphing calculators are not allowed.
  • No food or drink (including water) is allowed in the testing labs.
  • Cell phones and other electronics must be turned off during the entire testing period.

For information about Chemistry placement please see the Incept website.